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Affligem Blonde

Judges Rating: 
88
Aroma: 
22 / 24
Appearance: 
5 / 6
Flavor: 
36 / 40
Mouthfeel: 
8 / 10
Overall Impression: 
17 / 20

Deep gold with fairly good clarity and a modest white head, this beer exhibits Belgian aromatics with pear and apple the dominant fruit. Pepper and coriander are the prevailing spices over a bready malt backbone. Once it warms there is a little lemon zest that promises even more surprises. The flavor is as pleasing as the aroma suggests – spicier and slightly lower alcohol than I might expect. But the fruit aromas didn’t transfer with the same intensity to the flavor. The finish is dry and has a fi rm but pleasing bitterness. This beverage is very refreshing, lower in alcohol and much more quaffable than golden strong ales and tripels.